Sixth Form Bursary
If you are aged between 16 and 19 years and think you might struggle with the costs for full-time education, you may be eligible to receive a bursary.
What are the 16-19 bursaries?
- Bursaries are payments that are made to you to help you stay in education.
- If you had free school meals in Year 11 you will almost certainly be entitled to this student bursary.
How much can you be paid?
Students who are most in need could receive a bursary of up to £1,200 a year.
This group includes:
- Students who are in care.
- Students who are care leavers.
- Students claiming income support.
- Disabled young people who receive Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.
Other students facing genuine financial difficulties may be awarded smaller, regular payments.
- These payments are called the ‘discretionary bursary’.
- We currently award students up to £15 per week from this fund.
- The amount we can pay depends on the student’s level of need, and on how many students in total are claiming.
- The school also decides the conditions that students have to meet to receive the bursary.
- The conditions will be linked to good behaviour, good attendance and other criteria.
Eligibility for Bursaries
Eligibility for the £1,200 ‘In Need’ Bursary
If you think you are eligible to receive this bursary, you need to make an application to the school. You will need to provide evidence to show that you meet at least one of the criteria listed above.
In addition, you must:
- Be under 19 years old on 31st August in this academic year.
- Be a full-time UK resident.
- Be following an eligible course (the school will confirm this for you).
Eligibility for the Discretionary Bursary
Students will be eligible to apply for the discretionary bursary if they meet the following criteria:
- You previously qualified for free school meals.
- You achieve a minimum of 95% attendance.
- You meet the terms of the 6th Form learning agreement- i.e- your behaviour, punctuality and uniform are all of a good standard.
- You are under 19 years old on 31st August in this academic year.
- You are a full-time UK resident.
- You are following an eligible course (the school will confirm this for you).
In exceptional circumstances, awards may be made to other students at the discretion of the Headteacher.
Payment of Bursaries
- The £1,200 ‘In Need’ bursary will be paid on a monthly basis
- The payment is triggered by the Head 0f 6th Form monitoring your attendance and agreeing that you are complying with your learning agreement.
- If there is an immediate need (for example, you need to buy school books or clothes urgently), then you can apply for some of your bursary to be paid in advance.
- Any money that is paid to you early will be deducted from the payment made at the end of term.
- Bursaries will be paid by bank transfer.
- They can ONLY be made into an account held by the student.
- NO payments can be made into the accounts of parents/ guardians.
Please complete the bursary application form, which can be downloaded below or is available from Reception.
Original documentation is required as proof of eligibility. The following documentation will be accepted:
|Your circumstances||Evidence you should provide|
|You are receiving income support.||A recent award letter (dated within the last 3 months).|
|You are disabled.||An award letter showing that you receive Employment Support Allowance.|
An award letter showing that you receive Disability Living Allowance.
|You are Looked After or a Care Leaver.||Written confirmation of this status from the council which looks after you or provides your leaving care services.|
|Your family receive Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit.||Pages 1-4 of your parent/guardian’s most recent tax credit award.|
- Applications should be returned to Mrs Malone at Reception.
- We will try to let all applicants know if they have been awarded a bursary as soon as possible.
- Back dated bursaries are not allowed, so please apply as early as you can to receive as much as you may be entitled to.